Spence Jr. via split decision

Fight of the year contender sees 'The Truth' take the win against a game Shawn Porter

NO BACKWARD STEP: Welterweight clash lives up to the pre fight hype

IT WAS the unification fight that the whole of the boxing world was waiting for and it’s fair to say that Errol Spence Jr. vs. Shawn Porter didn’t disappoint.

After twelve pulsating rounds of unrelenting back and forth it was Spence Jr. who emerged victorious keeping his (26-0, 21 KO) undefeated record intact and adding the WBC World Welterweight title to his IBF belt.

The battle was nip and tuck until the eleventh round when a left cross stunned Porter who touched the canvas momentarily, forcing the count.

Judge Larry Hazzard Jr scored the bout 115-112 in favour of Porter, with Ray Danseco, 116-111 and Steve Weisfeld 116-111, both scoring in favour of Spence Jr. for a victory by split decision.

“He’s a strong kid. We both came in to do the job,” said Porter. I think I had a little more than what he expected, but he handled it. Congratulations to him and his team. We’re proud of what we did.

“I think that knockdown was the difference. I couldn’t come back to the corner with my head down after that.”

“Shawn Porter is a rough and awkward fighter,” Spence admitted. “I didn’t get off what I wanted to. He’s a true champion. He made it tough.

“It feels good to win. This is a lifetime dream. It shows hard work pays off. Thanks Shawn Porter, my whole team and all my Texas people for coming out.”

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